Daily News 07 / 09 / 2015

EU Children of Peace initiative: €1 million to assist children affected by Ebola
The European Commission is providing an additional €1 million in funding so that children orphaned and affected by Ebola receive education and psychosocial support. The amount is part of the overall funding of €11 million allocated this year for educational projects in conflict areas under the EU Children of Peace initiative. “We must give hope to the children affected by the devastating consequences of the Ebola epidemic. Around 6 million boys and girls have missed school. By investing in their education, we are investing in their future to give them the building blocks for life beyond Ebola”, said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. A photography exhibition illustrating personal stories of Ebola-affected children and the EU’s assistance to these children is currently running in the Piazza area of the Berlaymont. The exhibition will stay in place until 23 September 2015. A press release is available here. A MEMO on the rest of EU Children of Peace projects selected this year is also available. (For more information: Alexandre Polack – Tel.: +32 229 90677; Daniel Puglisi – Tel.: +32 229 69140)
Climate diplomacy: EU and the Pacific join forces ahead of new global climate deal     EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete will attend the 46th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from 7 to 11 September. The Commissioner will address Pacific leaders at the special session on climate change and meet with the Prime Minister of the host country Papua New Guinea, the Hon. Peter O’Neill, as well as the Prime Ministers and Ministers from the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Australia, China, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Nauru, Fiji and Vanuatu. The visit comes few months ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Paris (COP21). Commissioner Arias Cañete said: “The EU and the Pacific are long-standing allies in the fight against climate change. Countries in this region are amongst the most vulnerable to its impacts – as demonstrated by the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in March. This year’s Forum will be an important opportunity to unite together with the view to secure a strong and credible global climate deal that will significantly accelerate the global transition to a climate resilient sustainable future.” The Commission has set out its vision of a successful agreement: key elements are ambitious emissions reductions commitments, a long-term goal, robust transparency and accountability rules, and a dynamic review mechanism to strengthen ambition over time. The Paris outcome must also address adaptation to the impacts of climate change and the mobilisation of financing for climate action as well as reflect the issue of loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change. Commissioner Arias Cañete will sign sustainable energy declarations with six Pacific countries (the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Tonga) which aim to accelerate action towards their national energy objectives and increase access to sustainable energy. (For more information: Anna-Kaisa Itkonen – Tel.: +32 229 56186, Nicole Bockstaller – Tel.: +32 229 52589)
High Representative / Vice-President attends conference on ‘Victims of Ethnic and Religious Violence in the Middle East’ in Paris on Tuesday 8 September
Following the invitation of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh to attend a conference on ‘Victims of Ethnic and Religious Violence in the Middle East’, the High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides will travel to Paris on Tuesday 8 September. The Paris conference follows the debate launched in March by the UN Security Council on the issue of minorities persecuted by terrorist groups, mainly Da’esh/ISIL. This will provide an opportunity to reiterate the EU’s commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of persons belonging to religious or belief minorities and to reaffirm our commitment to all human rights. (For more information: Catherine Ray – Tel.: +32 229 69921; Nabila Massrali – Tel.: +32 229 69218)
Source: technology

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